Fox Sports Net Notes & Quotes

I, Max Makes Successful Debut

Beyond The Glory Looks at Walter Payton’s Incredible Career and More Impressive Life

NFL Hall of Famer Jim Kelly and Toronto Raptors Guard Jalen Rose Guest Host on BDSSP All Week

FSN’s new daily sports talk show, I, MAX, hosted by Max Kellerman made its successful debut on Mon., May 10. The 30-minute telecast, featuring co-hosts Bill Wolff and Michael Holley, airs at 6:00 PM local.

The unique format of the show pairs Kellerman against the world, represented by Holley and a special guest each day. Kellerman takes on the news of the day with his analysis and then gives “the world” a chance to respond. Each topic is judged as if it were a boxing match and tallied throughout the show. New York Giants superstar Michael Strahan served as the special guest representing the world for the premiere episode and roundly defeated Kellerman in their bout. I, MAX is the first FSN program to completely originate from New York City.

Max Kellerman Quotes:
“Not only are the Angels not the best team in baseball, they might not even be the second best team in California.”
(On the Pistons-Nets series): “This series was decided in February when Detroit got Rasheed Wallace.”

World Quotes:
Michael Strahan (on voluntary workouts): “I do participate. I’m just not there everyday.”
Strahan (on teammate Jesse Palmer, star of “The Bachelor”): “At first we gave him a hard time, but now we’re all addicted to the show.”


Fox Sports Net’s Emmy-nominated documentary series, BEYOND THE GLORY, continues with a special episode profiling Chicago Bears legend, Walter Payton. The legendary running back, who died too soon, did as much off the field as he did on the field during his record-setting career. Coming from a small town and a smaller college, Payton came into the NFL despite staggering odds and lifted a city on his shoulders. The documentary contains interviews with family members and former teammates. BTG: Walter Payton airs on Sun, May 16 at 8:00 PM local.

Jarrett Payton:, Walter’s son: “I was downtown in the city one night and this man about 25 came up to me and had tears in his eyes, took off his shirt and he had a big “34” tattooed on his back, Bears colors. And he looked at me and just said ‘thank you’ and walked away. You lose sight sometimes when they’re gone how they affected people’s lives.”

Eddie Payton:, Walter’s brother: “People in Chicago recognized how genuine he was, and they adopted him. People in Chicago now think he’s from Chicago and not Mississippi.”

Mike Singletary: “Walter was sort of like the father of a house. When a father leaves the home, there’s something that goes with him that no one can replace.”

BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD features host Chris Rose, actor/comedian Tom Arnold as the voice-of-the-fan and ex-NBA standout John Salley. The 90-minute nightly telecast airs at 8:30 PM and repeats at 11:00 PM local time on most Fox Sports Net regional sports networks, and at 10:00 PM on FSN Bay Area, Chicago, Florida, New England, New York and Ohio.

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and NBA all-star Jalen Rose guest host all week.

Wed., May 12:

Actress Gabrielle Union, actor Mark Harmon, NBA Insider Peter Vecsey, boxer Roy Jones, Jr., Minnesota Twins OF Torii Hunter.

Thurs., May 13:

Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire, Best Damn correspondent Lauren Sanchez, wrestler Jeff Jarett, actor David Boreanaz.

Fri., May 14:

Cincinnati Reds OF Ken Griffey, Jr. and Adam Dunn, actress/comedian Mo’Nique.

Best Damn Quotes
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): “Don King is one of the smartest, sharpest guys I’ve ever met. He, in my view, uses the system…You know who is the president of Mike Tyson’s fan club at $250,000 a year? Don King’s daughter.”

Peter Vecsey (on the Lakers/Spurs series) – “Tony Parker is eluding Gary Payton like a championship ring.”

Vecsey (on the Lakers after Game 3 of the Spurs/Lakers series): “I’m not questioning their heart, I’m questioning their brains. And their egos. Why would they not play that way all the time?”

Eagles WR Terrell Owens (on why he didn’t want to play in Baltimore): “A lot of people were asking ‘Why didn’t you want to go to Baltimore, they have Ray Lewis this, Ray Lewis that’…and I understand that defenses win championships… But on the offensive side of the ball, I don’t see Ray Lewis back there throwing me the ball.”

FSN’s sports magazine show comprised of the best local stories with national appeal, produced by FSN’s regional sports networks, continues on Sunday with an all-new episode. The 30-minute show highlights players, coaches, events and the biggest news from the world of sports. Carolyn Hughes hosts the show and each week noted Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander offers commentary on the most pressing issues in the sports world in a segment titled: “An audible…from Rick Telander.” FSNAA airs Sun., May 16 at 9:00 PM local.

As fans focus their attention on Barry Bonds’ pursuit of baseball’s all-time career homerun record, FSNAA looks back at the magical night Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth. We hear from Aaron, and the cast of characters who helped make #715 so memorable, including the two fans who ran on the field to congratulate Aaron.

On the weekend of the tournament that bears his name, we profile one of golf’s true living legends, Byron Nelson. We retrace Nelson’s path from a cotton farm, to caddie, to golfing legend, to guardian angel for thousands of troubled children. Nelson is the only golfer with a PGA tour event named after him. FSN Southwest’s Dana Larsen brings us the story of how Nelson has used his name to help raise more than $5.7 million for disadvantaged children.

Too often we hear sports events compared to war, but Alex Vlaski is a tennis player at the University of Washington who knows the difference. Before being recruited by UW, Vlaski witnessed and survived a war in his native Yugoslavia. Now he is living the American dream, and learning to adjust to the life as a college athlete. FSN Northwest’s Rich Waltz reports.

“Whatever Happened to…” Our weekly segment catches up with some of the more memorable names in sports and you might be surprised to see what they’re up to now. This week we tracked down former NBA superstar Bernard King. During his 14-year NBA career, King was one of the most prolific scorers in the game. Now he’s trying to score a big victory for Brooklyn, the New York borough where he grew up and honed his game. King is advising real-estate developer Bruce Ratner as the two try to bring the New Jersey Nets to a $300 million dollar arena in Brooklyn.

Fox Sports Net’s comprehensive NASCAR coverage continues as TOTALLY NASCAR and NASCAR THIS MORNING provide viewers with all the latest racing information.

TOTALLY NASCAR is FSN’s half-hour weeknight show dedicated to the sport of NASCAR. Krista Voda hosts with Larry McReynolds and Hammond as in-studio analysts and Sean Pragano as the onsite reporter. TOTALLY NASCAR airs each weeknight at 5:30 PM local time.

Wed., May 12:

Jamie McMurray in the studio, a feature on NASCAR rescue workers

Thurs., May 13:

Pragano interviews David Pearson, Bobby Allison, and Buddy Baker from one of the sports’ most historic tracks: Bowman Gray in Winston-Salem NC. The Miller Racing legends talk racing: past, present and future.

Fri., May 14:

Jerry Nadeau sits down with Pragano for a one-on-one interview one year after Nadeau’s accident, a roundup from the Richmond garage.

NASCAR THIS MORNING continues its hiatus for races taking place on Saturday, but will be back in action on Memorial Day getting viewers ready for Memorial Day’s biggest event, the Coca-Cola 600.

The one hour show airs on Sundays at 11:00 AM ET and features John Roberts as the host alongside analysts Chad Little and Kenny Wallace with Winston Kelley as the field reporter and Bill Ingle as the crew chief.

Fox Sports Net’s popular boxing series SUNDAY NIGHT FIGHTS continues, combining exciting original bouts and encore presentations of match-ups first seen only on pay-per-view.

This week’s SUNDAY NIGHT FIGHTS airs at 7:00 PM local time with the telecast of the pay-per-view bout of the thrilling middleweight championship match-up between Bernard Hopkins and William Joppy from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, which took place on Dec. 13, 2003.

Outspoken and colorful boxing analyst Max Kellerman and veteran announcer Barry Tompkins return on June 6 to call the match-up from Chinook Winds Casino & Convention Center in Lincoln City, OR.

Fox Sports Net continues its coverage on the Arena Football League, the second longest running football league in U.S. history. AFL WEEKLY focuses on the 18th season of the AFL and is the first national television show devoted solely to Arena Football. Hosted by Patrick O’Neal, the 30-minute program airs Mondays at 3:30 PM local with repeats throughout the week. With AFL attendance up 15% over last year and 25% over two years ago, AFL fans now have a show catered just for them to get them the latest news and insight from the fastest football game on earth.

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